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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Wild Card/Monday - 6.13.11 

Good morning, fellow Hucksters! I spent the weekend relaxing with relatives in anticipation of a fully exciting week "working" here at HBO while Dave is on vacation. This is also the first morning of summer vacation for our area school districts. Personally, I'm adjusting from…

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You, Too, Can Play With Weiner 10 

To put in your Couldn't-See-That-Coming file, a toy company is making the Anthony Weiner Action Figure. The toy company known for producing action figures of US political figures was Sunday advertising its latest addition -- the Anthony Weiner doll. is offering two versions of…

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GOP Presidential Debate Tonight 

Looking to set themselves apart, rivals to Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney sharpened their criticism of the former Massachusetts governor before their first presidential campaign debate with him Monday night. The debate in the early primary state of New Hampshire could provide an early test of…

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Manhunt for Ex Militia Project 7 Leader 

According to The Billings Gazette, an extensive manhunt was under way in the mountains west of Lolo late Sunday for a former anti-government militia leader who allegedly led Missoula County sheriff's deputies on a chase and shot at them earlier in the day. The suspect…

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Dems Call for Loertscher to Resign 

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant is calling on House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, to resign from the Legislature, citing Loertscher's killing of a bill proposed by Idaho highway districts to require a public hearing before a public road is vacated, shortly…

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Idaho Legislators Are 73% Educated 

The Chronicle of Higher Education is out with new research about the educational attainment of all of the country’s 7,000 state legislators. Key nuggets in the report: while only about 28% of adult Americans have an undergraduate degree, no state has less than 53% of…

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FBI Gets Expanded Powers 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention. Valerie E. Caproni, the…

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Trey Parker, left, and Matt Stone appear backstage at the 65th annual Tony Awards. (Associated Press)

"The Book Of Mormon" A Winner 

The profane and hysterical "The Book of Mormon" took home nine Tony Awards on Sunday including the prize for best musical, a considerable achievement for a pair of first-time Broadway playwrights known more for their raunchy cartoons featuring potty-mouthed kids. Collecting the best musical prize,…

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Group Health CdA Closing 

Group Health Cooperative is closing its Coeur d’Alene Medical Center after failing to sustain adequate numbers of patients. IIn a letter to patients, the Seattle-based organization that has earned national accolades as a model for reform said, “organization efforts to grow our enrollment have not…

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Cd'A Flash Mob Fundraiser Planned 

Alexander Endo is planning what will hopefully be a large scale flash mob dance routine to raise money for the Kooetnai County Boys and Girls Club and the MEB Foundation. According to an article in The Coeur d'Alene Press (sorry -- link can't be provided),…

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Idaho schools Supt. Tom Luna, back row, opens the first meeting of his Students Come First Technology Task Force on Monday. (Betsy Russell)

Technology Task Force Meeting Today 

State schools Superintendent Tom Luna has opened the first meeting of his “Students Come First” Technology Task Force this morning with a speech calling on Idaho to become a “global leader” in education, saying, “Our economic competition is global and it's focused and it's fierce…

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Laura Timmins plays with Murray, who belongs to a colleague at Fairmount Memorial Association, in the dog run at Pet Haven Park on Friday. Pet Haven plans to open a private dog park that promises to test the temperaments of all canine members. (Jesse Tinsley)

One More Reason Dogs Are Better Than Cats 

As reported in, a recent Learning & Behavior study indicates that canines may have an innate ability to sense our mental states. This idea of "canine telepathy" has been suggested before - often, pet owners comment on how their dog seems to know what…

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Another Roundabout in Kootenai Co. 

Prairie and McGuire will see the addition of a roundabout intersection to handle traffic flow. According to the Coeur d'Alene Press, construction will start today and run through the end of August. More here. Are we used to roundabouts yet? Any concern about a roundabout…

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Boise Ironman 70.3 Contract Nearing End 

About six months from now, officials from the city of Boise and the World Triathlon Corporation will discuss the future of the Ironman 70.3 Boise race. If a new contract isn't renewed, next year's race will be the last in the Boise area. In addition…

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.